Monday, July 26, 2010

Mass Citizens for Life, Tim Cahill, and still another SNAFU

In the Massachusetts gubernatorial race, the PAC behind Massachusetts Citizens for Life enthusiastically endorsed independent Tim Cahill.

"Tim Cahill will be an outstanding advocate for the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly," ran the MCFL PAC press release received a few days ago. "Cahill holds pro-life positions on all aspects of the issue," the statement said.

Uh...not exactly true, as today's Boston Globe and Fox News report.

But while Cahill's website makes no mention of his abortion views in the "issues" section, a version of the site from late May posted by the blog Red Mass Group showed that he previously stated: "I believe in and support a (woman's) right to choose. I also believe that abortion should be safe, legal and rare."

Which, I'll wager, most active pro-lifers already knew, for bleep's sake.

Here's a money quote:

Cahill spokeswoman Amy Birmingham said the campaign fully expects to retain the Citizens for Life PAC's support, comparing the endorsement to the group's backing for Republican Sen. Scott Brown, "who is openly pro-choice but in terms of his positions on other alternative methods, the restrictions were more along the lines of what they felt."

Here's the thing. It's called "truth."

Cahill may be Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm compared to his two opponents. But, duh! That doesn't make him "pro-life positions on all aspects of the issue." Ya know?

What I don't understand is why MCFL doesn't seem to master the art of truth-telling, even when the truth hurts. What the bleep is wrong with saying something like:

"Look folks. All three candidates are, let's say, less than perfect. None is pro-life. Our best shot at saving babies in Massachusetts is electing Tim Cahill. Not that he's what we'd want him to be...but his opponents are much worse. Sorry for the bad news, but let's try at least to make some lemonade out of the lemons we've been dealt."

Okay, maybe MCFL won't hire me as a PR writer, but you get what I mean.

Telling lies—or, to be more charitable, screwing up by screwing up the truth—gets nobody anywhere. It sure as bleep doesn't add a whole lot of credibility to the pro-life movement.

More commentary—and far better than mine—from Carol McKinley.